Astronomy pictures from the January 2012 AAS Meeting
Twice a year, the American Astronomical Society holds a big meeting where thousands of professional astronomers get together to talk about the latest results and ongoing work in the field. The January meeting is traditionally very well-attended, and is also when a lot of big news is released.
The January 2012 meeting was in Austin, Texas. Even though I couldn't make it this year, I was inundated with news from the event, so much so that I couldn't really keep up. So I figured it would be fun to take some of the best pictures from news items and write up a brief description for a gallery.
At the bottom of each picture is a link labeled "Original Source"; click that to get the full story with all the gory and glorious technical details of the news. You can use the arrows to navigate the pictures, or click them to go to the next in the series. Enjoy!